D-Day veteran thanks German bombs for allowing him to meet his wife

A 94-year-old veteran from Keynsham is beginning a special journey back to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings.

Ken Turner will sail across the channel on a cruise ship specially commissioned by the British Legion, along with 300 other veterans.

The former member of the Royal Tank Regiment doesn't regret joining the military, in fact he thanks the enemy for allowing him to meet his wife.

The Lance Corporal lied about his age so he could join the army at 16.

Three years later Ken was in the Royal Tank Regiment, where his job was to gather information about what was going on behind enemy lines.

Ken was the only survivor of his final mission when a plane, acting like a British carrier, blasted his tank and crew.

His body was riddled with bits of metal and a piece remained there until he was in his 80s.

This piece of shrapnel remained in Ken's body until he was in his 80s. Credit: ITV West Country

It was 62 years later when this bolt appeared as a piece of shrapnel out the front of his neck, Ken's had it preserved as a lasting memory of that day.